Musta first heard the Hip around 1988, living in the Vancouver area, attending SFU, I was a volunteer at the radio station there... My brother who's always a step ahead of me for all things cool in music calls me and says let's go to the Town Pump in Gastown to see this band the Tragically Hip play...I say how much... 5 or 7 bucks he says (my memory is muddy)...Nah, can't do it tonite, Monday nite, no dough and I got work to do...I get the review later and Jimmy tells me I missed the best show ever, this mad man Gord Downie, I swear to god he says, dances around the stage like he's out of his mind...Jim will embellish and say Gord was so into it he just pissed his pants and kept on singin' he was soaked I swear to god he says... So the next time I see the Hip, I'm walking down Douglas Street downtown Victoria past this TV store, a bank of TV's in the window all tuned to this video station and there's Gord jumpin' around the mike stand on New Orleans is Sinkin and I stop dead in my tracks. OK now this is a band I need to see. Jimmy was right. I go the next day and buy Up to Here, because any band that stops me dead in my tracks for a video is one that deserves to be heard. I listen and listen and listen. I go back and buy the first EP. Big flippin' mistake not seeing them with my brother... The next chance I get to see the Hip live is Kamloops BC my home town since 1993. The Hip came in 1999. I tried to get tickets but no luck. Later on more tickets released and I get in on the second round. Loved it Loved it, one of the best shows I have ever seen -Keep on scattin' Gord!! I love how the Hip carve up large slices of Canadiana and serve 'em up buffet style all you can eat. Here's some other bonus features of the Hip: The fact that you can call them just the Hip, it's like, something we have here in this country and if you are fortunate enough and if you live elsewhere we'll share 'em with you; the fact that you love the work, you love the work, it's a great ethic; The Hip sponsor women's hockey, now how cool is that; playing the Grey Cup half time show last year in Ottawa (Rob Baker a BC Lions fan!!) ..poems and blues and rock and Canada doesn't get any better than that....thanks boys. It would be a privilege to have a coffee or a beer witcha some time...over and out.